Assam, India - "The Land of Tea"


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The far northeastern state of Assam is one of the most beautiful—and dangerous—states in India. It is beautiful because of its lush vegetation, fed by some of the world’s highest rainfall totals—from 70 to 120 inches a year—and its sprawling tea plantations that produce 55 percent of India’s tea and some 15 percent of the world’s supply.

Rebels, Tribes and Elephants

But it is also dangerous for those who live there—because of a rebel insurgency and tribal warfare. Wild animals,including herds of elephants, also pose a threat.

A Blessing and a Problem

In Assam, life is dominated by the Brahmaputra River, whose annual floods bring both destruction to homes and soil-enriching sediment that feeds the state’s lush tea crops.

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The Dhemaji Assam Region

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The Golghat Region

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The Jorhat Assam Region

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The Karbi Anglong Assam Region

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The Satgaon Region

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The Tezpur Assam Region

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The Tinsukia Assam Region

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Assam

At A Glance:
Assam

Size: 30,000 sq. mi.
Capital City: Dispur
Population: 32 million
357 People groups
Religions:

  • 65% Hindu
  • 31% Muslim
  • 4% Christian
  • Less than 1% Other
37% are illiterate
20% are below the poverty line

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